The presented a $250,000 check in support of the new Joseph Maffeo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), part of the at (SIUH). This new facility will expand maternal/child care on Staten Island and bring labor and delivery, maternity and NICU under one roof to streamline care and expand service.
The foundation was created after the heroic death of New York City Fire Fighter, Joseph Maffeo, in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The foundation aligned with SIUH in 2004 to further their mission of “Making the World a Better Place” by expanding lifesaving care in support of a new pediatric emergency and trauma center, totally renovating the hospital’s pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit, supporting the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center and the soon-to-come pediatric oncology center.
The donation comes just two years after their pledge announcement, with the sum of the funds coming from the proceeds of the foundation’s Casino Night and other fundraisers.
“The Joseph Maffeo Foundation has been a powerful movement for philanthropy on Staten Island,” explained , SIUH’s Executive Director. “To take action through tragedy and get people going in the same direction for a common goal is truly remarkable. What’s so special is how they raise money. They bring people together and create a web of giving.”
Keith Manfredi, the foundation’s co-founder and Joseph Maffeo’s brother in-law said, “Meeting new people and having the ability to collaborate to better our community is what we’re so proud of. How we can bring people together, to be that conduit is the structure for everything.”
Manfredi said the backbone of the foundation is its dedicated committee. “You don’t raise a quarter of a million dollars in two years on hopes and dreams. You build them through action.
Our committee’s members and their passion is how we achieve or goals.”
All phases of The Grappusso Family Women and Newborn Center are scheduled to be completed by 2021.